Popular character in the building world from Lewes dies

Mr Harris
Mr Harris

Chris Harris, a well-known and popular figure in Lewes, has died at the age of 49.

The structural engineer ran his own consultancy business at The Waterside Centre, North Street, for 12 years.

Vicki, his wife of 24 years, worked with him together with his younger brother Richard.

He undertook many commissions in the town and district, including being involved in the highly-acclaimed Cluny Halls extension project at St Pancras RC Church, Lewes.

The iconic building houses The Wood Room and The Challoner Hall on two different levels.

Born in Ilford, Essex, he came to Sussex when his parents moved to Scaynes Hill and he studied in Brighton, where he was to meet his future wife. They had been together for 30 years.

Mr Harris, of South Way, who had been ill for some time, died at St Peter and St James Hospice, Chailey, on October 26.

His funeral will take place at St Anne’s Church, Lewes, on Tuesday (November 12) at 2pm and afterwards at St Pancras Church. All are welcome.

He leaves a widow and a 19-year-old son, Andrew, who is studying economics at the University of Surrey.